Cycle and Style takes a broad look at the bicycling world from the unique perspective of women. We aren’t just guys who think they know what women want to hear. We are women who are passionate about cycling: the advocacy issues, the rides, the great bicycles, clothing and gear, and stories about women in cycling. There are many reasons we get on a bike to ride: for fun, for fitness, for the sport, to live a greener life, and to get where we want to go. We ride with our girlfriends, sometimes with the guys, with our families and at times, we ride alone, enjoying the simple pleasures of the ride. And, like you, we too, try to find that balance in our lives to fit it all in amongst the demands of a work and home life.
Cycle: If you are new to cycling, we hope you can find the tips, advice and support you need here. If you have been cycling for years, you will find great stories about inspiring women, information about women’s cycling events, and articles that focus on women’s cycling issues, articles on health, great recipes, products, and news.
Style: Whether your tires are headed for the nearest bistro or bike path, for a day spent on rural roads or a forest trail, it feels fantastic to be dressed right for the occasion. Our style pages will show off clothing that will appeal to cyclistas from the modern metropolitan girl who wears heels on her commute to the athlete who wants the best in high performance clothing.
Feel free to contact us: We always love to hear from our readers! If you have something you’d like to hear more about let us know. We also love to write about women’s stories and new women’s rides and would be happy to write about them. If you would like to contribute an article, please write Tara by sending an e-mail via the “Contact Us” page.
The Women Behind Cycle And Style
Tara McKee was raised in Spokane, Washington. She is married and the mother of four and she and her family have lived in various places in Washington state as well as California and Salt Lake City. She is always thinking about going places, perhaps that is why she earned a B.S. in Geography, but she mainly uses her degree to read maps with expertise and score well in geography trivia games. She developed from a non-athlete into a marathoner and was a Boston qualifier in her first marathon. It was her first road bike that changed everything: it was enjoyable; it was pure fun to go places on the bike. It opened up a new world: triathlons, road bike rides, long family bike rides, a bike for errands and commuting, and the chic cycles as well. She is active in working on local bicycle issues in her city as well as statewide (she is on the board of the Utah Bicycle Coalition), worked for the Tour of Utah professional cycling race and a few years ago, put together Salt Lake City’s first Cycle Style Show to promote bicycling of all types.
Beth Runkle grew up in North Central Indiana and was a three sport (volleyball, basketball and track) athlete during high school and college. She completed her undergraduate in Elementary Education at Huntington University in Indiana and earned her Masters in Educational Administration at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Beth has been married for 18 years and has two children. They have lived in 8 different states and recently relocated back to Park City, Utah. Beth and her family have taken up mountain biking, skiing and running as their hobbies. With 20+ years of teaching a variety of ages, Beth is now in the early retirement phase of her life and is enjoying keeping busy with both children’s sporting events, volunteering, working out, outdoor activities and facebooking. Beth is excited to utilize her newest passion with photography and plans to contribute to Cycle & Style.
Paula Heyn grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended University of Utah. A few years ago, she retired from working in the retail business where she had been a buyer and store manager. She and her husband are the parents of two daughters and support them in their many activities.
A fitness enthusiast, Paula has practiced yoga for over a decade, trying many types. She avidly embraced spinning as well and has spent many years enjoying indoor cycling workouts. Although she has dabbled in mountain biking over the years, she loves road biking and in the summer you can find her climbing up many mountain canyons with her bike. Paula has written articles on spinning, done product reviews and will add to that articles about yoga for cyclists in the near future.
Ellen Comeaux is the Cycle & Style creative chef who comes up with most of the amazingly delicious and healthy recipes for our Recipes for the Active Life column. Ellen, who lives in Bothell, WA, has lived in the Pacific Northwest her whole life. During the day she leads marketing initiatives for GE Capital Financial, Inc., traveling all over the country for her job. When at home she loves to try out new recipes, creating flavor combinations out of good ingredients, using her husband and son as her more than willing taste testers! Ellen’s theory is that good ingredients make great food. Ellen is an outdoor enthusiast who loves recreational activities, especially those near the water. Bike rides around a beautiful lake, or along a beach boardwalk, are among her favorite things to do.